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Double standards in US politics

Discussion in 'Casino Industry Discussion' started by jetset, Feb 25, 2007.

    Feb 25, 2007
  1. jetset

    jetset Ueber Meister CAG

    Senior Partner, InfoPowa News Service

    Internet gambling has been singled out for banning on moral reasons in the USA, but look what's happening in land gambling....

    Uptight US politicians pandering to the religious conservative vote frequently claim that Internet gambling is addictive and morally wrong. That's when they're not denouncing online gambling for everything else from money laundering to raising funds for terrorists, without producing a shred of evidence. Yet land gambling in the Land of the Free seems to have no limits, as a recent report from Associated Press illustrates.

    The report is about West Virginia politicians considering the addition of poker, blackjack and other games to its four slot casinos, which could give West Virginia "...a competitive edge of five to 15 years" at a time when its traditional customers are finding more options closer to home.

    But it also includes some interesting information on land gambling's spread throughout the United States, revealing that 37 states now have almost 900 land casinos with more on the way.

    The politicians in West Virgina have been reluctant to authorise table games at racetracks which are already filled with thousands of slot machines, wary of the word casino. But if lawmakers make the psychological leap this year, West Virginia could distinguish itself and cash in on the increasing demand for more 'socially interactive' games.

    The long-term demand for table games is uncertain, but with 61 000 new slot machines coming online in Pennsylvania, West Virginia needs every advantage it can get, says Bill Eadington, director of the Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming at the University of Nevada, Reno.

    Slot machines account for about 80 percent of all gambling revenues in the United States, but when everyone has them, ...its going to be a lot harder to steal patrons from across borders, he says.

    Joseph Weinert, senior vice president of New Jersey consulting firm Spectrum Gaming Group, says casinos spent most of the 1990s removing labour-intensive table games and replacing them with low-maintenance and highly profitable slots.

    But that trend has reversed itself in the last three years, fueled partly by the popularity of televised poker tournaments and the 2003 opening of Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, he says. The Borgata proved that if gamblers are offered an attractive mix of amenities, from spa treatments and restaurants to golf, table games could be more profitable.

    Slot machines are now so prevalent across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic that table games can be difference-makers, says Weinert. Many young adults who grew up playing computerised and handheld games at home are now ...finding it refreshing and relaxing to be playing a game sitting next to a live person, he says.

    West Virginia has the opportunity to get a head start of at least four or five years, Weinert says. Furthermore, if West Virginia doesnt have tables and the neighboring states do, it will be at a competitive disadvantage.

    The industry is watching, he says. This is the next logical big leap for slot casinos.

    The state tracks that stand to benefit are Tri-State Racetrack and Gaming Center in Nitro, owned by Michigan-based Hartman & Tyner Inc.; Mountaineer Racetrack & Gaming Resort in Chester, owned by MTR Gaming Group Inc.; the Charles Town Races & Slots, owned by Penn National Gaming Inc. of Wyomissing, Pa.; and Wheeling Island Racetrack and Gaming Center, a subsidiary of Delaware North Companies of Buffalo, N.Y.

    Meanwhile, racetrack owner Hartman & Tyner is pushing for a 2008 ballot measure that would allow slot machines or full-fledged casinos at Michigan horse tracks, but Vice President Daniel Adkins said such measures are unlikely to pass in places like North and South Carolina, Kentucky and Ohio.

    Even if slots were approved, he says, table games would take much longer.
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  2. Feb 25, 2007
  3. Simmo!

    Simmo! Moderator Staff Member

    Web Dev.
    Nice article Jetset. It's always been pretty obvious that the legislation is about keeping the US $ "in-house" while the way is paved for the land-casinos to come on line without the competition being there. The moral argument never had any foundation with the prevalence of gambling in the USA "offline" or indeed with the carve-outs in the laws for lotteries and horse betting. Smoke and mirrors to win votes and try to counter the WTO arguments no doubt.

    But the comment about attracting visitors from other states is interesting in that context.

    I have to say that until all this blew up, I never really had any idea how politics in the US worked. I'd always naively assumed that being such a developed country that it would be a legitimate and logical process. But the whole experience has been very eye-opening to this foreign observer. Campaign funding from opponents of online gaming, tacking legislation onto unrelated stuff to ensure it goes through, the whole "terrorism" thing being used more to clean up non-terrorist activities than terrorist, and moral arguments being used to cover up anti-competitive measures.

    I'm sure it's no different in the UK, especially in light of the cash-for-honours probe, but nonetheless, in this age of supposed democracy, the whole thing really does make you realise that the general public are just pawns in a huge game of power and money.
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  4. Feb 25, 2007
  5. bromo98

    bromo98 Dormant account

    George Carlin said...

    "The US was founded on a contradiction, a buncha White Slave owners who wanted to be Free".

    If you have or can find his CD - "What the hell am I doing in New Jersey - give it a listen, it was the master at his peak.
  6. Feb 25, 2007
  7. lots0

    lots0 Banned User - troll posts - flaming

    I do nothing productive
    Hell on Earth
    I worked for the US government for more years than I care to count.

    The most anti government folks I ever met were current or past employees of the government.

    All us employees got to see what goes on behind the curtain and how it really all works, it made most of us quite sick.

    I won't say any more, mostly because my posts here get moderated quite heavily and very regularly, so why waste my time... Certian points of view are not welcome here, from what I see.
  8. Feb 25, 2007
  9. Mousey

    Mousey Ueber Meister Mouse

    Pencil Pusher
    On absurdities, contradictions, and hypocrisies...

    When the state of Alabama was vaguely considering legalized gambling and a state lottery, the Mississippi Indian casinos donated heavily to the Alabama Christian Coalition to help the fight against this terrible immorality our fine state was contemplating.

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  10. Feb 25, 2007
  11. Simmo!

    Simmo! Moderator Staff Member

    Web Dev.
    Not at all. It's the way they are phrased, or the offence to others they cause, that's the problem. The owner of a website takes responsibility for it's content but unfortunately not everyone thinks of that when posting.

    Post away if you feel so inclined - just keep that in mind.
  12. Feb 26, 2007
  13. casinocide

    casinocide Dormant account

    think about it
    somewhere GPS can't find
    "The coalition's report concluded the money came from non-gambling revenue from the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians."

    Wow that's a lot of dreamcatchers and bead necklaces! I wonder if the coalition would accept 10 million dollars from a Mexican drug cartel to defeat legalization of marijuana if they were assured that the revenue actually came from used car sales or some other absurdity. Falwell types seem particularly adept at convincing themselves of the unconvincing.

    Same old story here. Professional lobbyists/PR specialists leveraging a group's political power through half truths and good old "emotionally potent oversimplifications" to achieve the ends of their principals (not of course, to be confused with their principles, which do not exist).
  14. Feb 26, 2007
  15. rhump

    rhump Full Member

    Former Executive Scapegoat
    So the state should pay a percentage of the revenue generated to

    ... online casinos, that educated these young adults :lolup:
  16. Feb 27, 2007
  17. w8n4win

    w8n4win Full Member

    Right Here
    What I really like, is the places that allow slot machines but not table games....what has the worst odds? If they are looking out for the publics best interest, it doesn't make sense! :rolleyes:
  18. Mar 4, 2007
  19. vinylweatherman

    vinylweatherman You type well loads CAG MM

    STILL At Leisure
    United Kingdom

    Quite, I envy the US players who have all these slots at 85% to 90%, if only we had those odds on our UK Fruit Machines instead of the current 70%, or 78% if you are very lucky.
  20. Mar 4, 2007
  21. casinocide

    casinocide Dormant account

    think about it
    somewhere GPS can't find

    That's not a slot machine, that's a pass/fail IQ test.

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